||Objective: Scientists and engineers who foster information-sharing and respect between science and the public are essential for the public communication of and engagement with sicnece. Communication is typically and acquired, not innate skill, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) maintains that scientists should be provided with quality resource to help develop their public communication and outreach skills. Further, scientists are increasingly required by funding agencies to extend beyond the scientific community and communicate their research directly to the greater public, including the media and policy makers, but traditional scientific training typically does not prepare scientists to be effective public communicators.
The AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology has developed workshops and a website for scientists and enginers who communicate scient with Public audiences. "Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers: seeks to provide researchers with communication resources through in-person workshops and online materials. Visit www.aaas.org/communicating science for webinars, how-to=tips, and additional resources.